November 8, 2021

Vikings on Film

The Vikings are the last hurrah of paganism in Europe. In the English perspective, the Viking age consists of the period between their first raid on English shores in 793 and concludes with the other battle of 1066, not the one of Hastings, but of Stamford Bridge. Yet this is only one of several possible bookends. The Christianisation of the Danish kings is sometimes seen as another. Be that as it may, the Viking age is curious because they came, they saw, they conquered... and then they just kinda stopped coming, because both they and their enemies had evolved into something else. But what was Vikingness like at peak performance? What made them tick? And why did that end? That's today's episode.

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